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The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

'Tis the Season!

Dear Friend,

It is time for our annual funds appeal.  We need your donations to continue supporting people with ME/CFS and FM in Massachusetts and beyond. We had a busy 2020 building our support group program and improving our provider referral process, among other projects, and we have big plans for 2021. Please support us by becoming a member or donating now! Read on for more details about our 2020 activities, our 2021 plans, and why you should give today.

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Annual Event 10/24. Register Now!

Contact Us to register for this special event on Saturday October 24th from 1 - 4 pm, “Research Update 2020 – Accomplishments, Goals & Clinical Connections,” presented in partnership with the Open Medicine Foundation, featuring researchers and clinicians from the Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration. Learn about the Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration’s promising research going on right here in the Boston area!

This virtual event will include an update on MassME Association activities, followed by brief presentations by three prominent researchers and clinicians from the Harvard ME/CFS Collaboration. A Question & Answer discussion will follow the presentations. You may submit questions in advance or during the meeting via Zoom’s chat feature. Registered attendees will receive a private link to the event a few days before the October 24th event. Download the flyer. If you are unable to attend the event itself, you may register for a recording.

We hope to “see” you soon!

New Strategic Plan!

We are excited to announce a new strategic plan for the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association! We have spent the last year crafting a bold, ambitious and inclusive plan to guide our work in supporting people with ME/CFS and FM and their families, educating health care providers, advocating for social services and building a sustainable future for MassME. A big thank you to those who were introduced to, and who helped refine, the strategic plan during the small group meetings we held this past spring. And a big "Welcome!" to some of our new members who are already benefiting from initiatives described in the plan, such as our expanded support group program. A summary of the plan is included below. For those of you with the energy and interest to delve into the details, please find the full strategic plan here. Let us know what you think!

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Notice about names

The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, including the CDC, are currently using ME/CFS. 

Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association changed its name in July, 2018, to reflect this consensus.